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Fears of a second bomb after Derry blast

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 28/04/2015

The PSNI was setting up a security cordon around the scene when a report emerged of a car burning nearby
The PSNI was setting up a security cordon around the scene when a report emerged of a car burning nearby

An explosion rocked Londonderry late last night and police were examining a second device.

Shortly after 11pm, a device - possibly a pipe bomb or blast bomb - exploded in Crawford Square near the Probation Service's office.

The PSNI was setting up a security cordon around the scene when a report emerged of a car burning nearby.

Northland Road was sealed off and the Fire and Rescue Service joined a heavy security presence.

A second suspicious device was found later, and householders were forced to leave their homes.

The security alert happened very close to De Burgh Square, where a young man died in a fire yesterday.

There is no suggestion that the two incidents were related.

A spokesperson for the PSNI wrote on Twitter: "Police at scene of security alert at Crawford Sq in Derry following explosion.

"Residents evacuated as further suspect object examined."

Crawford Square remains closed to traffic this morning.

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